The industrial action involving around 150 staff of Roscommon County Council was called off on Wednesday after both sides agreed to mediation with the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
Padraig Mulligan, the Assistant General Secretary of the Impact trade union, which represents the staff, described the news as a “major development”.
“Both sides have agreed to go to the WRC. I called last week for management to do that and today they have confirmed that are doing it,” Mr. Mulligan said yesterday (Wednesday).
Mr. Mulligan said that the industrial action was put on hold with immediate effect to allow the talks to take place.
The industrial action had been ongoing since Monday, May 9th, and involved staff refusing to answer telephones, initially for one hour a day and on Tuesday of this week for half a day.
Mr. Mulligan said that the dispute was over changes to ‘family-friendly’ initiatives – term-time and flexi-time – that council management were making.
“The conditions that they are trying to implement in Roscommon would be significantly less than in 90 per cent of the rest of the country,” he claimed.